Books: Found Horizon

THE FIRST DAY OF FRIDAY by Honor Tracy. 246 pages. Random House. $4.95

A certain sort of book, like a certain sort of party, is not expected to begin on time; if you make the mistake of arriving in the first chapter, you find the author still polishing ashtrays and setting out dishes of salted nuts. But Irish farce is not a sitdown affair; it is the falling-down kind, and must begin on time or a little earlier. It is Good Intentions missing his tram and improving the hour by having a few innocent drinks...

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